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The end of the week is nigh, and I for one am looking forward to it! With the weekend in sight, here’s the Oregon beer news for Thursday, April 25. As usual, I’ll be updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often.
Then, it moves over to Belmont Station, where the after party kicks off at 7pm. “Ecliptic is celebrating five trips around the sun with a series of collaborations with some of founder/brewmaster John Harris’ brewing friends. This month’s release was brewed with Firestone Walker brewmaster Matt Brynildson: Hazy Double IPA brewed with Azacca, El Dorado, Idaho 7 and HBC 692 (experimental) hops. Matt and John will be in the biercafe, hanging out and celebrating with us!”
Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene) is hosting a Pints for a Cause fundraiser today to benefit the Eugene Science Center: “Join us for “Pints for a Cause” in the Eugene Tasting Room! $1 from every pint sold will benefit Eugene Science Center. Kids are encouraged to attend this event! The Eugene Science Center will have a paper rocket launcher and wind tunnel on site — perfect for little and big kids alike!” It takes place all day.
Portland’s Cider Riot! is celebrating six years today! “We’ll be pouring 6 vintages of 1763 Revolutionary West Country Cider including a sneak preview of the yet-to-be-released 2018 vintage. Tapping super limited casks of Kingston Black and Pyder a perry-cider blend. We’ll be selling limited edition patches 2 for $6, and offering $6 six-packs of our Everyday line; Everyday Semi-Dry, Everyday Passionfruit, and Everyday Berry. We’ll also be debuting our new food menu.” Congrats!
Happy hump day! We are working our way through the week and if you’re a Trail Blazers fan then you just saw an amazing game last night (and probably consumed a good amount of beer in the process). Cheers to Rip City! And here’s today’s Oregon beer news to catch up on the happenings of this mid-week. As usual I’ll be updating throughout the day so check back often.
The next anniversary release from Ecliptic Brewing in its “5 Beers/5 Years” series is Hazy Double IPA, a Cosmic Collaboration with Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker Brewing. Tonight the brewery is hosting a Cosmic Beer Dinner with John Harris and Brynildson which looks fantastic: “In celebration of their Cosmic Collaboration Hazy Double IPA, join Ecliptic Brewing Brewmaster, John Harris, and Firestone Walker Brewing Brewmaster, Matt Brynildson, for a Cosmic Beer Dinner! The dinner will feature a menu from Ecliptic Brewing Chef Michael Molitor, each paired with delicious beers from the breweries. The ticket price includes 5 courses, 9-5oz beers, gratuity, and a 500ml bottle to-go of the Cosmic Collaboration signed by the brewmasters!” Cost is $65 and you can purchase tickets online here.
Oakshire Brewing (Eugene) hosts its Oakshire Inspires fundraiser today, raising money for Cascades Raptor Center at the Public House: “Come enjoy delicious beer and help out your bird friends! Oakshire Public House will donate $1 per pint – all day – to Cascades Raptor Center! The Raptor Center will have staff present from 5-7 pm and would love to chat with you about all things raptor!”
Also in Eugene today, The Bier Stein is hosting the Yachats Brewing Pairing Dinner I posted about a few weeks ago. It’s marked as “sold out” today so if you got tickets already you’re good, otherwise if you really, really want tickets you could always try calling the Stein to see if there are any last-minute openings.
On Saturday, April 13 we attended Pelican Brewing‘s Beer + Cheese event that the brewery organized with Visit Tillamook Coast, which took place at the brewery’s Tillamook production facility. I was invited to attend with a complimentary press pass, and since I’d never been to that location, I love beer and cheese, and we love the coast, I accepted and we drove over Saturday morning, arriving just in time for the event to start at 11am.
(We took a lot of pictures, so I’ve put them into a gallery at the end of this post.)
Only in its second year, this mini-fest was a nice change of pace from the usual beer event scene I’m used to. Pelican and Visit Tillamook Coast put together a fun, low-key event with seven breweries and paired each with a creamery that was fairly local to that brewery. For instance, Block 15 Brewing of Corvallis was paired with the OSU (Oregon State University) Creamery, while Pelican was paired with Tillamook Creamery. That was a thoughtful arrangement I hadn’t been expecting.
Most of the breweries were pouring more than one beer. Heater Allen Brewing of McMinnville was pouring only one, its excellent Marzen Lager, which paired well with all three of the cheeses from its partner Briar Rose Creamery. More on the beers and cheeses in a minute.
The venue was the Pelican production brewery itself. There is also a tap room that serves up a full food menu, but this event took place around back, nestled in among wooden barrels aging various beers, with a full few of the 30-barrel brewhouse and fermenters. Breweries and creameries were staged at various booths with a decent traffic flow as you entered and worked your way towards the back, and there was a central pop-up serving food that offered things like beer pretzels and pulled pork sandwiches.
The crowd was a good size for the venue but it never really felt crowded or crushing. Rinse water stations were placed logically throughout—a detail I always appreciate—as were a number of barrel-top bar tables. The beers were served in standard can shaped taster glasses, and cheeses were typically diced and sampled via toothpick. Attendees had the option of buying cheese to take home as well, and quite a few people did.
Here’s the list of breweries and creameries:
Pelican Brewing Company paired with Tillamook Creamery
That last item, Beachcrest with River House Dressings, technically wasn’t a straight cheese pairing, though the River House Dressings folks were toasting up bread with melted cheese and their dressings to sample along with the beer.
Beachcrest and Werner were the new breweries present, and even though I didn’t start with their beers, I’ll talk about them here first. Beachcrest was serving two beers: Gose To The Beach (guess the style) and Trio Belgian Tripel. I thought the Gose was quite good, a just-right lip-smacking amount of tart lacto character, wheat that I could taste, and a noticeably well-balanced salt component. The Tripel was fine, a decent example of the style though I would look for a bit more hops and a bit less sweet character; otherwise no complaints.
Werner Brewing is a new brewery I hadn’t been aware of until this year, though it has been open for two years apparently. The brewery spun out of a jerky company and in our press bags we found two bags of the company’s jerky snacks. Werner was pouring three beers: Blackberry Wheat, Coastal Brown, and an IPA (presumably Trask Mountain IPA). The Wheat looked like blackberry slurry and was okay, if a bit muddled with simply too much fruit that didn’t have a berry pop like I’d want. The Coastal Brown was decent, malty with a touch of roast and a bit heavy. I didn’t try the IPA. These paired decently with the Nestucca Bay Creamery cheeses, which ranged from cheddar to Gouda to an Alpine style cheese.
Other beers I sampled, along with occasional cheese notes, in no particular order:
Heater Allen Marzen. Relatively new to HA’s lineup, malty and easy drinking, paired quite well with Briar Rose Creamery’s Alder Smoke and Onion Fromage Blanc.
Block 15 The Prophecies (Belgian-style Quadrupel) and Sticky Hands. Both paired really well with the cheeses from the OSU Creamery (Smoked Provolone, The Cheddar, and Cheese Curds), all of which I liked. Everyone’s had Sticky Hands, but The Prophecies was rick, thick, sticky, sweet.
Golden Valley Brewery Brett Empress and Geist Bock. Brett Empress is something special, an oak-aged Brett sour with local heirloom Italian prunes. Geist Bock is the brewery’s malty Maibock spring seasonal lager. The Brett Empress in particular paired well with the Helvetia Creamery cheeses, which were Swiss Alpine-style.
Public Coast Stackstock Stout. Roasty stout that I tried with the Blue Heron Brie with honey, which was prepared on a slice of sourdough baguette drizzled with honey. I can’t speak to the cheese in this case, because the bread and honey overpowered it, but those were fine with the beer.
Pelican Ralph Hugs English Porter, Sea’N Red, and Beak Breaker. The Ralph Hugs was the special pour and quite tasty—a good porter. Pelican in all was pouring five beers paired with five cheeses from the Tillamook Creamery, though I have to admit I spent as much time just eating cubes of Tillamook cheese as trying to pair them with the beer.
My wife got a pulled pork sandwich as well, layered with coleslaw which was decent fest fare.
And we were in for a treat (or a nice bonus). Pelican’s CEO Jim Prinzing was on hand, both helping to staff the Pelican pouring station but also mingling with the crowd and helping to ensure the event was going smoothly. At one point we were admiring the brewery itself (from the side the fest) and Prinzing offered us an informal tour. Yes please!
It’s an impressive facility, with a 30-barrel brewhouse and rows of large fermenters (90 and 180 barrel capacity at the upper end), an extensive packaging operation, and room to grow. They can brew up to six batches per day (enough to fill one 180-barrel tank) and I found out that currently Beak Breaker Double IPA is the highest-volume brew in production and sales.
And in upcoming Beak Breaker news, it will be released in cans later this year as well. The 19.2-ounce “stovepipe” cans if I’m remembering correctly!
In the packaging and warehouse side of the facility I was particularly impressed with the giant banners featuring different bottles. Turns out those were formerly billboards, and Prinzing asked if they could keep the matte sheets, which they hung up. They are a cool touch.
Overall, we enjoyed this event and extend a big thanks to Pelican and Visit Tillamook Coast and Jim Prinzing for the invite. It’s one we would attend again if we’re able.
But the day didn’t end there! De Garde Brewing is also in Tillamook and pretty much across the street from Tillamook, so we had to stop in to check out the tasting room. The last time we’d visited De Garde, it was still located on the outskirts of town by the aero-industrial park so this was a nice quick stop. I ordered a snifter of The Noir Truffle, described as “a spontaneous wild ale blended from 3 years, aged in oak barrels with Oregon black truffles.” De Garde makes a fair amount of interesting beer, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to try a truffle-infused wild ale.
How was it? There was a barnyard funk in the aroma but it was the earthy truffle that was the aromatic showcase… I could smell the truffle from the glass sitting on the table. Unusual flavor, lots of forest floor, strangely appealing. Very tart up front, my first thought was “acid” but there’s a savory, funky truffle/mushroom character that’s undeniable and tempers the acidity—though it’s still pretty acidic. It was most interesting and one to try if you’re feeling adventurous.
Finally, we spent the night in Pacific City at Hart’s Camp—an Airstream Hotel & RV Park that is part of the Inn at Cape Kiwanda hospitality complex (which includes the Pelican pub). The event organizers had secured a media rate on the stay, so we found ourselves “camping” in a full featured Airstream trailer. Just like a hotel room, only smaller, RV-sized. It was definitely and interesting experience, one I hadn’t expected, and worth checking out for something different.
We finished the evening with dinner and a taster tray at the original Pelican pub, the one on the beach. Overall it was a good day.
Here’s the Oregon beer news for this Tuesday, April 23, rounding up the news and events from around the state. As usual I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news. And if you have news or info to share, feel free to contact me and I can get that out there too.
Laurelwood Brewing (Portland) is putting some fruited IPAs on tap today to let drinkers vote on their favorites: “Our brewers have made four different fruited versions of the Rando IPA: Peach, Pomegranate, Boysenberry, and Mango. Tuesday 4/23, we will be tapping all four of these beers and offering them as a flight. We will then ask you to vote on your favorite! Available at both locations while supplies last!”
Tuesdays are Community Pints days at the Deschutes Brewery locations, where $1 from every pint sold goes to benefit a local non-profit organization. In Bend this month at the Public House and the Tasting Room, the brewery is benefiting Healthy Beginnings of Central Oregon. At the Portland Pub, April’s beneficiary is Store to Door of Multnomah County. Make sure to stop by and help out with a pint or three.
Oregon City Brewing has its Charity Pint Night at 5pm, benefiting the Oregon Food Bank Network: “Please join us to support the Oregon Food Bank Network. Mission: To eliminate hunger and its root causes… because no one should be hungry. Today, Oregon Food Bank collects food from farmers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, individuals and government sources. We distribute that food through a Statewide Network of 21 Regional Food Banks and approximately 1,200 food assistance sites serving all of Oregon and Clark County, Washington.” $1 from every pint sold after 5pm will benefit the Network.
Portland’s Belmont Station, a long-time favorite beer bar and bottle shop for many, celebrates its 22nd (golden!) birthday this Monday the 22nd! The party is an all-day affair, and instead of just one special anniversary beer, this year there are four beers available that were brewed just for the Station.
Here are details from the press release that went out last week:
Fresh off the heels of several recent accolades—including the Oregon Beer Awards Best Beer Bar/Bottle Shop for five years straight (since the awards’ inception) and listed among USA Today’s “10Best Beer Bars in the U.S.” for the past three years –Belmont Station celebrates 22 years of beers on Monday, April 22, with an Earth Day fundraiser and special beers made just for the event.
This year, Belmont Station teamed up with four Oregon breweries to craft four special beers for their 22nd anniversary, most of which will be available both on draft and cans:
Barley Brown’s Belmont Anniversary IPA – a draft-only offering that founder/brewmaster Tyler Brown says is one of the original recipes for his famous Pallet Jack IPA. (A current version will be pouring alongside it for those wishing to taste the difference).
Culmination Psychic Oasis Hazy Double IPA – brewed with Motueka, Citra and Mosaic hops.
Ruse 45th & Stark IPA – this West Coast IPA is named for the corner where Belmont Station lives.
Wayfinder ‘Tasties’ Export Lagerbier Hell – a refreshing lager dedicated to Belmont Station’s employees who call getting a small sample of a beer at the bar after their shifts “grabbing a Tastie.”
Of course, other tasty beverages will be on tap from these and other breweries and cideries, and a portion of the proceeds from the day will be donated to Friends of Trees since the party takes place on Earth Day!
I’ve been visiting Belmont Station since when it was simply a (small) bottle shop with beer swag next door to the Horse Brass Pub, when it actually was on Belmont Street, and it’s one of my favorite Portland stops. Usually it’s for the bottle shop (picking up beers to bring back home) though sometimes we have time for a beer.
And for the occasional event, such as when Belmont Station hosted the Japanese brewers during the Oregon Brewers Festival that were in town for the OBF, and then the time a few years back when they were kind enough to host a signing of my book.
Belmont Station really should be a must-visit for anyone traveling to Portland to check out the beer scene, and if you’re anywhere nearby today, you really should stop by to help them celebrate their golden birthday today.
Happy Earth Day! This is the day to raise a “green” beer and also raise awareness of environmental issues and support those breweries taking the lead on earth-friendly issues and brewing. The first event listed below is a good start, and I’ll be looking for Earth Day related news throughout the day with the rest of the Oregon beer news. I’ll be updating this post throughout so check back often.
The Bier Stein and Ninkasi Brewing of Eugene are teaming up today for a Pints for a Cause Earth Day benefit all day long: “Bier Stein and Ninkasi have teamed up to donate $2 per pint to benefit McKenzie River Trust. McKenzie River Trust helps people protect and care for the lands and rivers they cherish in western Oregon. For more information, visit https://www.mckenzieriver.org/. This event runs throughout the day in celebration of Earth day! For extra fun, join us for a chance to design a custom Ninkasi hat from 5-8pm”
Belmont Station (Portland) is celebrating its 22nd birthday today! “We’ve partnered with four Oregon breweries to brew four special beers to mark this 22nd trip around the sun — three are available on draft and in cans and one is draft-only. We’re kicking things off with a tapping of a gravity keg of Rosenstadt Maibock at 1 PM. Then, the party continues at 5 PM when Wayfinder comes in to tap another gravity keg, this time filled with an unfiltered version of Tasties.”
This weekend, the annual Nano Beer Fest returns to John’s Marketplace in Portland, taking place Friday, April 26 through Sunday the 28th. “This year we have several new breweries joining the event and the NBF will again feature 50+ beers, made by some of the newest members of the local craft beer industry! This year, Loyal Legion is sponsoring a “People’s Choice,” where attendees vote for their top picks and Loyal Legion will bring in the top 10 on tap in May! Once again, the event will be held at John’s Marketplace, one of Portland’s finest beer stores and there will be food available from Urban German. There will be more vendors than ever including Beer Soap, CBD teas, leather goods, cycling outerwear, F.H. Steinbarts and more. Individual participation cost is $20 for a keepsake logo glass and 10 beer tickets PLUS a special ticket to try a 3-way collaboration beer from the 1st , 2nd and 3rd place winners from the 2018 NBF judging.”
McMenamins Blue Moon Tavern (Portland) is hosting a Friends & Family Night benefit to raise money for Forest Park Conservancy tonight from 5pm until closing. “On Friends and Family Nights, bring everyone you know out for burgers, beers, wine, cocktails, salads, sandwiches, tater tots, the day’s specials and more – because at the end of the night, 50% of the evening’s total sales are donated to the beneficiary! The more you order, the more is earned for a good cause!”
Vagabond Brewing (Salem) is growing: “Running out of beer is never a good thing! That’s why we got some bigger fermentation tanks. Thank you for sticking with us and supporting us as we grow! Stop by, grab a pint and take a peek in the brewery and check out the new gear!” I’m terrible at determining tank sizes from photos, but those could maybe 20-30 barrel fermenters?
Cascade Brewing (Portland) has its newest beer out to start the week: “Introducing Ocean Views! Start your week off with a first class ticket to a tropical place — metaphorically speaking. El Dorado, Cascade and Ekuanot hops create this tropical hazy pale with notes of pineapple and citrus.”
This isn’t news per se, but for this Earth Day I thought it would be a great reminder that many breweries are now recycling drop stations for PakTech six-pack holders—those are the plastic snap-on holders that affix to the top of the cans. These are already environmentally friendly because they are made from recycled plastic milk jugs, so instead of throwing them out, view the list of recycle centers on that link to find one near you (there are quite a number of Oregon breweries on that list, and 10 Barrel just announced today at recycling station at its locations).
Bend’s Boss Rambler Beer Club just hosted its grand (re)opening of its westside tap house location this weekend, and has an update on its hours now that it’s open for business: “We look forward to many more good times and beers together. On that note, the Beer Club is officially open for business! Our hours to kick-off are: Mon 3pm- 9pm, Tues Closed, Wed – Sun 11am – 9pm. We can’t wait to see you soon!!”
The latest cider to arrive at the house last week: Double Mountain Brewery‘s new Red Fleshed Rosé, a cider made from Red-Fleshed Mountain Rose and Pink Pearl apples that is 5.9% ABV. These varieties of apple are pink inside, rather than white, which gives them an interesting look. The brewery fermented with champagne yeast so I’d expect this to be a fairly wine-like, dry cider.
McMenamins’ 23rd annual Olympic Club Brewfest takes place this weekend—Friday the 19th (today) and Saturday the 20th—at the Olympic Club in Centralia, Washington. Like McMenamins other festivals, there’s a mix of other McMenamins breweries as well as regional guest breweries (and cideries) invited to pour at the event, and a glance at the beer list reveals a nice lineup.
The Brewfest begins at 5pm today (Friday), and at 1pm Saturday, and lasts until 11pm each night. Naturally there will be live music as well, and Saturday will offer up an additional whiskey tasting if you’re so inclined. Cost is $25 for the glass and 10 tokens.
The “ride the rails” part? McMenamins has teamed up with Amtrak Cascades to offer vouchers to get you there. That would be fun to do at least once.
Here’s the press release I had received:
Spring is in the air and there’s nothing better than pairing fresh floral blooms with a big ole’ pint of craft beer, right? Especially when there’s outdoor patios involved.
For anyone looking to post up on a patio with a beer in hand, the 23rd annual Olympic Club Brewfest in Centralia, Wash. is the spot. For TWO-days on April 19 and 20, visitors can take a train right to Olympic Club’s door and sample craft ales from brewers across Washington and Oregon at various locations, including McMenamins.
Wash down a fresh pint with some of “the world’s best baked beans” or taste test specials from the open-pit barbecue. Challenge your friends to a round of pool or curl up beside the cozy fire pit. Take a moment to honor the past, by checking out how McMenamins has preserved the venue’s railway bootlegging, secret call buttons, hidden tunnels and rumored hauntings.
Need to ride the rails to get there? McMenamins and Amtrak Cascades have teamed up to offer 2-for-1 vouchers, available at any McMenamins. For rail tickets, see amtrackcascades.com; restrictions and blackout dates apply.
I had a chance to visit the Olympic Club briefly last year, and had a beer and a bit to eat on my way through town. Here are some photos:
Happy Friday! We have an eventful weekend in store, celebrating both Easter on Sunday and Earth Day over the weekend (though Earth Day officially takes place on Monday). And of course, 4/20 which doesn’t pass without associated dank and snackworthy celebrations. What are your plans for the weekend? Maybe the beer news can help!
As usual I’ll be updating this post throughout the day on Friday with the latest news, so check back for updates. And feel free to contact me with any news or info and I can get that added as well.
Friday, April 19
Pelican Brewing (Pacific City) and Portland’s Elephants Delicatessen are hosting their 1979 Pale Ale release party Friday from 4 to 7pm: “In celebration of our 40th anniversary, we are excited to announce our 1979 Pale Ale! With help from the amazing team at Pelican Brewing, we have joined forces to create a brand new brew. Stop by Elephants on April 19th to help us celebrate our birthday. We’ll supply the beer and snacks. And did we mention T-shirt giveaways and other great beer gear?”
Belmont Station (Portland) is hosting Little Beast Brewing for a beer tasting from 5 to 8pm: “The good folks of Little Beast will be on hand to sample you on some of their Belgian inspired ales. They will be pouring free samples of: Wolf Camp – Hoppy Saison; Hot Break – Dry-Hopped Sour Ale; Wild Island – Hazy Double IPA w/ Brett; Bes – Tart Wheat Ale; and Fera – Brett Saison. We will likely have a special something on draft in the Biercafe so keep an eye on this event list and our up to date draft list.”
Portland Cider Company is kicking off the 4-year birthday party for its Cider House on Hawthorne on Friday, which will run through the weekend: “Portland Cider House turns 4! We’re celebrating with 4 cider-filled days of fun and special tappings, partnering with our local NW cidery friends to bring you some amazing limited release ciders. We pride ourselves on providing cider lovers the opportunity to taste the very best of what the craft cider industry has to offer. We will be featuring unique and delicious ciders you can’t get anywhere else! — 4 NEW Ciders from Portland Cider Co.”
Bend’s Immersion Brewing is holding a Beer & Italian Cured Meat Pairing Friday starting at 6pm: “Chef Morrie is back at it again with another evening of pairings! This time Chef hand picked out a number of Italian cured meats to pair with our finest libations. Our head brewer will also be in the house to talk about the selected beers for the pairing. If you enjoyed our cheese pairing or if you didn’t get tickets before we sold out, you’ll want to jump on this right away! We are looking forward to another evening of full bellies and humbled tastebuds! Tickets $20”
Beachcrest Brewing (Gleneden Beach) is releasing a new beer Friday at 2pm, a small batch Mango Milkshake IPA: “Our Mango Milkshake IPA was a fun experimental modification of our crowd-pleasing Siletz Bay Hazy IPA. Huge hop flavor and aroma combine with mango, vanilla bean and milk sugar to make a fruity, hoppy, creamy delight of a beer. It’s a little sweet, a little bitter, a little tart and a whole lot of yummy-in-your-tummy. This was a one-off experiment, and it’s only available until the keg kicks, so come by and help us drink this celebration of mango-beer deliciousness.”
Saturday, April 20
The 6th annual Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest takes place Saturday starting at noon: “The Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest gives seasoned and novice cider drinkers alike the chance to sample cider from Hood River County’s very own cider makers, as well as a variety of additional Northwest cideries. More than twenty-five cideries will be participating, with more than 50 ciders on tap. The daylong event also features a lineup of local music, and a kid’s activity area – guaranteeing a great time for the whole family. Spring showers aren’t a problem, as the tasting area takes place in a covered hall. FREE PARKING!” Cost is $15 if you pre-purchase, and $20 the day-of.
Stickmen Brewing (Lake Oswego) is hosting its Earth Day Brewfest and 5k Fun Run at its Tualatin Beer Hall on Saturday starting at 11am: “Participants walk, jog, or run approximately 3.1 miles, then drink beer! Everyone is invited to enjoy the day’s entertainment: live music, great food, giveaways and activities with partners and sponsors. Everyone receives a craft brew, $5 food voucher (good day of only at Stickmen), and collectors pint glass or seasonal swag item. 10% of our proceeds help support our nonprofit partners, the Oregon Brewshed Alliance, Dollar For Portland, and Life Vest Inside.”
It’s Thursday and (here in Bend at least) it’s going to be the nicest day of the year so far at sunny and 77 degrees! Here’s the news in Oregon beer to accompany the warm weather, which I’ll be updating throughout the day—so check back often for the latest.
Crux Fermentation Project (Bend) is releasing its second [BANISHED] series beer of the year today, In The Pocket, with a release and tasting event starting at 6pm: “In The Pocket is a rustic imperial saison aged in NW red wine barrels brewed with brettanomyces, lambicus & bruxellensis. Wondering what the inspiration behind this beer is and why it’s so misunderstood? Come to our exclusive tasting experience to find out first hand from one of our brewers. First, our brewer will give you a quick tour, showing you where and how the magic happens. Next, we’ll gather around the table, where you’ll receive a vertical “In the Pocket” tasting flight. (3 – 5oz pours) Our brewer will walk you through the tasting experience while you take notes on the differences you find between the ’19, ’18 and ’17 variations. Enjoy our chef’s complimentary small bite pairings.” Cost is $20 and you can purchase on the page.
Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene) has its Pints for a Cause fundraiser running today at the tasting room all day, benefiting Friends of Trees: “Join us for “Pints for a Cause” in the Eugene Tasting Room! $1 from every pint sold will benefit @friendoftrees. Friends of Trees focus is to inspire people to improve the natural world around them through a simple solution: Planting Trees. Together. For more information about this week’s “Pints for a Cause” non-profit visit https://friendsoftrees.org/eugene/.”
Belmont Station (Portland) is hosting Apple Outlaw out of Jacksonville for a cider tasting today from 5 to 8pm: “Join us in the shop for a tasting of several ciders from Apple Outlaw, a cidery based in southern Oregon: Jefferson Dry, Peruvian Ginger, and Pura Vida Pineapple”
Bailey’s Taproom (Portland) is hosting the Portland chapter of the Pink Boots Society for a release and tasting event of this year’s Pink Boots brews from the area breweries: “Join us, Pink Boots Society Portland, at Bailey’s Taproom as we release our 2019 Pink Boots Brews: collaborations made to honor International Women’s Day. And why should you? Because Bailey’s Taproom is tallying up a donation to the Pink Boots Society on this day only! Every Pink Boots Brew you purchase on Thursday, April 18 helps to fund scholarships for women in craft beer to advance their careers. You can make a difference, just by grabbing a beer with us!” Tap list is posted at the link.
Rock Bottom Brewery (Portland) has a beer release party today that also benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: “FIFTH ALARM BAND is getting our own special edition IPA! And to celebrate, we’re putting on a free show at Rock Bottom Brewery. $3 pints from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, with 100% of the proceeds during that hour and a half benefitting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). After 7pm, 25c of every pint of our IPA sold until the kegs run dry will go to LLS. Then at 7pm, FIFTH ALARM BAND, who are all firefighters by day, will be starting fires on our dance floor! 🔥 We’ll have a raffle for some fun schwag, all proceeds go to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!”